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More On The Malpractice You Are Almost Powerless To Prevent

Last week I wrote about medication mistakes in hospitals and the factors that make them so common and so deadly.  This week I want to write about the Tennessee nurse whose medication error killed a patient and who ended up … Read More

Posted in electronic medical records, Hospital Negligence, Hospitals, medical charts, medical errors, Medical Malpractice, Medication Errors, never events, Nurses, Secrecy |

The Malpractice You Are Almost Powerless To Prevent

Over the years, I have suggested a number of strategies to prevent or at least reduce the risk that you will be the victim of medical malpractice.  There is one form of malpractice, however, that is very difficult to prevent.  … Read More

Posted in Doctors, electronic medical records, Hospital Negligence, Hospitals, Medication Errors, never events, Pharmacies, Pharmacy Malpractice |

The Medicare Advantage Trap

More and more eligible Americans are signing up for Medicare Advantage plans.  And why not?  Celebrity spokespeople promise low to no premiums and benefits not available under traditional Medicare.  It sounds almost too good to be true.  “Get the benefits … Read More

Posted in Doctors, Fee for Service, Health Care Costs, Health Insurers, Hospitals, Medical Costs, Medicare |

The Impaired Physician

Doctors are only human.  They are prey to the same frailties that plague the rest of us.  Like the rest of us, some of them become addicted to alcohol or use narcotics or other substances that can affect their judgment … Read More

Posted in Arizona Medical Board, disclosure of medical mistakes, Doctors, health, Hospitals, medical errors, medical ethics, Medical Malpractice, medical mistakes, Medical Negligence, Nurses, Secrecy |

The Private Equity Investor Will See You Now, But Only For A Few Moments

On the whole, capitalism has been good for the United States.  Lately, however, the rise of private equity companies and their incessant search for centers of profitability has put the medical profession under great strain and our health at risk. … Read More

Posted in Doctors, Fee for Service, General Health, health, Health Care Costs, Hospitals, Medical Costs, medical ethics, Medicare, Nurses |

Universal Health Care, Please

The United States is the only major developed nation in the world not to have universal health care.  We are the richest nation in the world.  Other nations can afford it and so can we.  It is not only a … Read More

Posted in Doctors, drug companies, Fee for Service, General Health, health, Health Care Costs, Health Insurers, healthy living, Hospitals, Medical Costs, Medicare, Type 2 Diabetes |

Those Entrusted With Patient Care Need to Put Patients First

Over the past few years there have been an increasing number of stories about doctors who sexually abuse their patients.  Almost all are serial abusers.  They don’t just abuse one patient; they abuse multiple patients over the years until they … Read More

Posted in Doctors, Hospitals, Lawsuits, medical ethics, never events, plaintiff, Secrecy |

Hospital Secrecy Hurts Us All

Hospitals are complex business and healthcare organizations.  In large hospitals in metropolitan areas, there are teams of healthcare providers working around the clock and communicating with each other through the patient’s medical chart.  The wonder is not that errors in … Read More

Posted in disclosure of medical mistakes, Doctors, electronic medical records, Fee for Service, Health Care Costs, Hospital Negligence, Hospitals, Lawsuits, medical charts, medical errors, Medical Malpractice, medical mistakes, never events, Nurses, Secrecy |

When Hospitals Choose Your Doctor For You

I have often written about the importance of doing some homework when choosing a new doctor.  There are a lot of resources out there and it is foolish not to take advantage of them.  A poorly-qualified doctor, or one who … Read More

Posted in Doctors, Fee for Service, Hospitals, Informed Consent, Lawsuits, medical errors, medical ethics, Medical Malpractice, medical malpractice claims, medical mistakes, Secrecy |

The You Tube Trained Surgeon

You Tube and social media are recognized disrupters of almost everything.  Now you can add surgery to the list. Hernia is the general name given to the protrusion of something through a retaining structure into an area where it does … Read More

Posted in Doctors, Fee for Service, Health Care Costs, Health Insurers, Hospitals, Medical Costs, Medical Devices, medical ethics, Medical Malpractice, Medicare, robotic surgery, Surgical Errors |